Bullough excited to build on first start

Sophomore linebacker got the start at the MONEY spot against Eastern Michigan. Now, he is looking to build on the start and keep competing with Ed Davis.

It took a little bit longer than he anticipated, but Riley Bullough finally got his first career start last Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

“This is my third year, getting my first start now,” he said. “I thought it was going to come earlier, but I’m happy right now where I stand.”

The sophomore linebacker got the start at the MONEY linebacker spot in place of Ed Davis, who started the first two games of the season. Coach Mark Dantonio said Davis will continue to start as long as Davis “does what he’s supposed to do.”

While Davis was listed as the No. 1 on the depth chart going into Saturday’s 73-14 win for Michigan State, Bullough said he found out Thursday he would be starting as the team went over personnel.

”I had a pretty good week of practice, could have been better, but it was fun to get out there the first series,” Bullough said. “I thought I could have played a little bit better, but it was nice to get that first career start out of the way.”

Bullough had three tackles in the game, pushing his season total to eight, which includes a tackle for loss and a half sack. He said despite being back at No. 2 on the depth chart, there always is completion at the position as is the case for all the linebackers.

“I think we’re competing and seeing reps on game day,” he said. “We don’t really care who starts the game. We are all rotating in. as long as we keep playing well as a defense and winning, I think we’ll all be happy.”

On his end, he has seen himself growing each week and playing consistently with his ability to play fast and physically.

”I’ve always said those are my two most important traits and those are the things I bring everyday,” he said. “There are schematically things I need to get better at, so those are the things I’m working on.”

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